Top 5 in Town News
An easy to digest digest of Town News.
1 - Wayside Rail Trail
Construction for the Wayside Rail Trail in Weston will begin this fall when Eversource construction crews will create a level, 16-foot wide access road within the abandoned rail bed located north of Route 20. It is anticipated that the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation will pave that access road in the spring. Weston’s Rail Trail Advisory Committee and its planning consultant, Utile, want to hear from residents as the committee plans for how Weston will accommodate the state’s new recreation path.
On September 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium, a charrette-style public information meeting will be held to address concerns and brainstorm ideas relative to signage, access, parking, and screening. The meeting is open to all residents who are interested in participating. Residents located in the Warren Avenue, Jericho Road, Concord Road, Conant Road, and Church Street/Coburn Road/Carroll Circle areas are encouraged to attend and lend their specific perspectives and ideas. Unblocking the Conant Road underpass is currently being discussed with the state.
For additional information on this project and to sign up to receive notification of project updates or future meetings, please visit www.weston.org/RailTrail
2 - Project Progress
133 Boston Post Road - the Planning Board has been conducting neighborhood meetings to discuss this project and its impacts on the abutting neighborhoods of Hobbs Brook, Pigeon Hill, Carroll Circle/Church Street/Coburn Road area, and the Crescent Street/Hillcrest area. The Planning Board is still in negotiation talks with Boston Properties and is researching information to address concerns raised at the neighborhood meetings. A public hearing is anticipated to be held in early September to provide an update and solicit additional comments. For additional information, please visit www.weston.org/AffordableHousing
Case Campus - the Traffic & Sidewalk Committee made a recommendation to members of the School Administration, Recreation Department, and the Council on Aging to address an internal bottleneck and safety issue outside the Field School during daily dismissal. A trial period of restricting Alphabet Lane to one-way traffic will be implemented at the start of the school year. Signage will be installed and parents will be notified. Visitors to the Council on Aging will also be notified, but it is not expected that this change will affect most visitors to the COA. For details of the change, please visit www.weston.org/CaseCampus. If this trial period proves successful, it will be made a permanent change. Wayfinding signs for the entire campus are also being discussed.
104 Boston Post Road - the comprehensive permit hearings have been occurring through the Zoning Board of Appeals and the updated documents, including peer reviews of reports submitted by the developer (traffic, septic, landscaping), are available online.
Merriam Street Sidewalk - it is anticipated that the Traffic & Sidewalk Committee will be requesting construction funds for this sidewalk connection project at the November Special Town Meeting. The latest plans are available online and include studies submitted to the Conservation Commission.
500 Wellesley Street - the Conservation Commission is working towards obtaining an 11-acre parcel of land located at 500 Wellesley Street as a "farming development lot." A request for funds to purchase the land is anticipated to come before the November Special Town Meeting. This area was identified in the Land Acquisition Report prepared in 2000 as a desirable open space purchase for the Town. It is also identified in the 2017 Open Space and Recreation Plan. See the Master Plan & Studies web page for both reports.
3 - Town Volunteer Opportunities
Weston's Town Government is supported by 37 volunteer boards, committees, and commissions whose memberships are either elected or appointed. Nearly 200 residents are currently giving their time and talents to help make Weston a great community. The Board of Selectmen is currently seeking residents to participate in this time-honored tradition and integral part of Weston's Town Government:
4 - Master Plans and Studies
Several of the master plans and studies for various planning projects in Weston are now organized onto one web page for easy reference. Visit the Town's website for details
5 - Exploring Weston's History: The Town Green
The heart of the Town Center and host to many popular community events, the Town Green is a special place for many Weston residents and visitors, alike. With a great history, it represents the Town's first efforts to make improvements to the center of town. Learn more about the Boston Post Road Historic District, listed on the National Registry, on the Town's website and read the history of Weston's Town Common as prepared by the Weston Garden Club for its 50th anniversary in 1991.
SAVE THE DATE
November Special Town Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 28th at 7:00 p.m. (2nd night, if needed, Dec. 4th)